En la sèrie dels 35 magnifics parlem de dos mestres del cinema de la mateixa generació Aaron Copland i Virgil Thomson. Sentirem les bandes sonores dels films "La heredera", "The red pony", "Louisiana Story" i "The river".
In this episode, Dave and Andrew explore the winner of the seventh Pulitzer Prize in Music, Virgil Thomson for his score to the film Louisiana Story. Virgil Thomson is perhaps best known for his operas like Four Saints in Three Acts or his precise and incisive music criticism at the New York Herald Tribune. But he was also a pioneer in film scoring, particularly documentary film scoring during the Great Depression. In 1936, he wrote his first film score for Pare Lorentz's The Plow that Broke the Plains, and he followed it up with The River two years later for the same director. A decade later, the father of the narrative documentary film, Robert Flaherty, hired Thomson to score what would be his last film. As the only piece of movie music to ever win the Pulitzer, Louisiana Story is at least a curiosity in the prize's history, but does it stand up today? If you'd like more information about Virgil Thomson we recommend: Anthony Tommasini's magisterial biography Virgil Thomson: Composer on the Aisle (New York City: W.W. Norton & Company, 1999). The Library of America's collection of Virgil Thomson's writings, edited by Tim Page The Virgil Thomson Papers at Yale University: https://archives.yale.edu/repositories/6/resources/10673 Thomson's website page with more resources: http://www.virgilthomson.org/resources/further-research
durée : 01:28:26 - Virgil Thomson, compositeur américain (jour des trente ans de sa mort) - par : François-Xavier Szymczak - Trente ans jour pour jour après sa mort, nous revenons sur la vie et la carrière d’un compositeur de Kansas City ayant côtoyé ses pairs Aaron Copland, Darius Milhaud ou Igor Stravinsky, mais aussi James Joyce et Gertrude Stein qui écrivit pour lui les livrets de deux opéras. - réalisé par : Céline Parfenoff
Virgil Thomson (1896-1989), important 20th Century composer and influential critic, was interviewed by Vivian Perlis for Yale’s Oral History of American Music archive (OHAM) between 1977 and 1980. Additional material held at OHAM includes tape recordings of his Yale College course, “Words and Music”, a video-taped interview in his apartment at the historic Chelsea Hotel, New York City, and numerous acquired interviews. Excerpts appear in Composers’ Voices from Ives to Ellington, CD and book publication by Vivian Perlis and Libby Van Cleve, (Yale University Press, 2005.) Included are comments on: opera, teaching composition, Nadia Boulanger, Gertrude Stein, and music criticism.For more Yale music netcasts, visit music.yale.edu. For information about music samples and interview transcript, see OHAM website: www.yale.edu/oham/. This podcast was derived from the publication’s second CD, Track 9.